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Bollywood's Khan and Kapoor tie the knot

Published Oct 16, 2012 10:14am

Newly-wedded Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan (L) and Kareena Kapoor pose for the media outside Khan's residence in Mumbai on October 16, 2012. – AFP

MUMBAI: Bollywood glamour couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor tied the knot on Tuesday in Mumbai in the most anticipated Indian celebrity wedding of the year.

Kapoor, 32, and Khan, 42, held an official ceremony at the groom's home in the city, to be followed by an evening party at the grand Taj Mahal Palace hotel.

The newly-weds emerged to pose and wave to the large press pack waiting outside the residence. Kapoor appeared in a red bridal wear, while Khan wore a simple grey kurta.

Newly-wedded Bollywood personalities Saif Ali Khan (L) and Kareena Kapoor pose for the media outside Khan's residence in Mumbai on October 16, 2012.  — AFP Photo

The couple have been dating for five years and come from famous acting families, with their wedding attracting frenzied media coverage.

“Party time” ran the headline in the Mail Today, which offered breathless coverage of a pre-wedding function in Mumbai on Sunday evening.

“Dressed every inch like a bride-to-be, Kareena dazzled in an orange-yellow lehenga (skirt) and a shimmering golden choli (top),” it said.

“Beau Saif Ali Khan turned out more on the simpler side. He looked dapper in a white outfit.”

Friends have been tight-lipped about the private event, but the bride's uncle, actor Rishi Kapoor, confirmed to AFP that the wedding day would be followed by a reception in Delhi in the near future.

“It is a very joyous moment for our family,” he said.

Another celebration is reportedly planned at the Pataudi Palace, the ancestral home of Khan in northern Haryana state.

He became the new Nawab of the former princely state of Pataudi last year after the death of his famous cricketing father Mansur Ali Khan, known as “Tiger Pataudi”.

Khan's mother Sharmila Tagore is an award-winning actress and his sister Soha is also in the movie business.

Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, left, and Kareena Kapoor step out on a balcony to greet waiting fans after getting married in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. — AP Photo

Kapoor hails from one of Bollywood's foremost acting dynasties, started by her great-grandfather Prithviraj.

Her grandfather Raj Kapoor was a cinematic legend while his brothers and a number of relatives have become well-known names in the industry.

Khan, who has appeared in about 50 films including 2001's “Dil Chahta Hai” and “Hum Tum”, has two children with his previous wife Amrita Singh. They divorced in 2004.

Kapoor, entering her first marriage, has similar number of film credits to her name include hits like “3 Idiots” (2009) and “Jab We Met”.

She appeared alongside Khan in this year's spy flick “Agent Vinod”.